- Jul 3, 2010
The chickens do not range far and essentially just graze around the barn and farm buildings. We are remote from houses.
Arrive this eve to shut everyone in to find a miniature pincher in a pink collar in the process of slaughtering our chickens. It appears we have lost approximately half of our flock-approx. ten to twelve birds. I have two injured so unsure of them. One badly.
Tracked down the dog's owner and had a heated encounter where I was ordered off his property and left two dead chickens at his feet. The man argued his dog had never had a problem with anything except "one cat." I assume for the cat owner this was a pretty big problem. I told him that I was filing a complaint with animal control and if I ever saw the animal again I would shoot it. I bluffed because I am not sure about my state but do know in Wisconsin in the seventies we legally shot and killed a dog which killed forty sheep in one night.
These were beautiful chickens most of which we raised from day olds and had just started to lay. To me this is more senseless than the losses to natural predators. And guaranteed now that this dog has had so much fun here today it will absolutely return for more.
Next question-.22 or shotgun? L